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Capturing Streaming Internet Videos

Cnet has a great post on ways to capture and save videos from the internet since most are streamed and cannot be directly saved. If you aren’t a skilled user or someone who has looked into this before, it is a great tutorial that shows you multiple ways it can be done.

To break it down into the basics, they describe three methods to do this:

  1. Use an online video capture site – there are sites that will allow you to put in the URL of a video you want to download, and it will create a new URL for the video itself or at least allow you to save the FLV format it comes in. YouTube Downloader and KeepVid are described. Only downside is you may need an FLV viewer or format conversion tool as well.
  2. Use Firefox – there is a Video Downloader extension that will allow you to download and store video from a number of sites. Same downside as above.
  3. Use a video capture program – SnagIt for Windows and SnapzPro X 2 for Macs are discussed.

Nice tutorial, head over to their site to get more details on all of these options. There are always times when having to view videos on a site is just not good enough for whatever reason.

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